What happened to ‘Electricity Bill’?

Some time ago in Parliament there was some argy bargy about disrespectful references to Electricity Bill Shorten. It seems that Liberal politicians are too principled to engage in that kind of name-calling since then. But there is no good reason for riff raff outside the House to refrain from using the simple device of mockery to highlight the disastrous electricity bills that will follow the elevation of ‘Electricity Bill’ to the Lodge.

There used to be popular sings sending up English politicians that spread around the streets and often enough ended up as nursery rhymes for children. Where is the peoples’ poet who will write the ballad of Electricity Bill with a captivating tune that will become a meme stuck in the heads of young and old as a constant reminder? Like ‘Woolworths the freshfood people’ that stuck in my head.

A few examples of political nursery rhymes.

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33 Responses to What happened to ‘Electricity Bill’?

  1. a happy little debunker

    Kill Bill as a politically named strategy also seems to have been shelved.

    But considering the damage being wilfully done by the former member for Point Piper McMansions – I am not surprised that attention is temporarily elsewhere.

  2. Rae

    Yawn. The Speaker enforces the rule in Parliament the Members, no matter their political persuasion, use the proper titles to refer to other Members in the Chamber. Sometimes makes them withdraw when they “forget” the rule.

    Surprisingly petty post from you.

  3. ScoMo is too busy being fair dinkum you beaut roll yer sleeves up ocker strewth stone the crows bonzer matey to engage in mockery.

  4. Some electric words for this perhaps?

  5. Entropy

    Given his tendency to promise the world ‘cause “fairness”, and foolish dreams he can run an industrial economy on solar and wind, I reckon Barnacle Bill is a pretty good name. Clearly believes the first few chapters of The Magic Pudding is an economics text.

  6. Critical Mass

    Is “Blinky Bill” disrespectful?

  7. jock

    Hitler had only one big ball
    Goering had 2 but very small
    Himmler had something similar
    But poor old goebbels had no balls at all.

  8. zyconoclast

    ScoMo is too busy being fair dinkum you beaut roll yer sleeves up ocker strewth stone the crows bonzer matey to engage in mockery.

    A bit hard to mock Bill when SloMo is on his knees crying, “ROHINGYA!!!”
    Similar to this:

  9. Peter Campion

    But there is no good reason for riff raff outside the House to refrain from using the simple device of mockery to highlight the disastrous electricity bills that will follow the elevation of ‘Electricity Bill’ to the Lodge.

    This is an excellent idea, Rafe. Alinsky’s Rule 5 works for us as well as them.

    Where is the peoples’ poet who will write the ballad of Electricity Bill with a captivating tune that will become a meme stuck in the heads of young and old as a constant reminder?

    We have the perfect man for the job.
    Struth! Where the bloody hell are you?!

  10. Ubique

    The moderators at The Australian generally don’t like Shorten being referred to as Electricity Bill. They are also very shy at allowing any comment that suggests risk management methods should be applied to determining priorities for immigration.

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Is “Blinky Bill” disrespectful?

    “Whinging William” not an option?

  12. Muddy

    Bill was simple,
    Bill was thick,
    Bill put a tax on
    candlesticks?

  13. Helen

    There was a light upon the hill
    it went out thanks to electricity Bill

  14. Muddy

    Light, light, light the wick
    before it gets too dark.
    make out your will to Poverty Bill
    cos all that’s Left is a fart.

  15. ArthurB

    In the Hound of the Baskervilles, the clue that enables Holmes to solve the mystery is provided by the dog that didn’t bark.
    At present, the dog that isn’t barking is the Australian media, in particular our revered national broadcaster, which is not barking about the man who is likely to become our next Prime Minister.
    My memories of the 2007 election campaign are that the hacks and hackettes of the media adored Kevin, and after he seized the Labor leadership, I think late in 2006, he was given rock star treatment on TV, from early in the morning until late at night.
    There is no mystery as to why Electricity Bill isn’t getting the same treatment. He is a colourless apparatchik, skilled in the factional politics of the ALP and the union movement, but it seems that the punters neither like nor trust him. I guess that the ALP campaign managers are faced with a dilemma: do they give Bill lots of exposure, which might reinforce the electorate’s misgivings, or do they keep him out of the picture, and hope that the Liberals’ incompetence will cause the punters to elect a man they don’t like.

  16. Ubique

    Electricity Bill has had a very easy run from the media. Try and think of a Liberal politician whose career would not have been ended instantly by allegations of rape of a 16 year-old girl backed by a long police investigation? As it stands, maybe one person in 500 might know of the allegation. If Bill had been a Liberal politician there would be barely anyone aged over twelve in Australia who wouldn’t be familiar with every aspect of the allegation and investigation.

  17. Art Vandelay

    What happened to ‘Electricity Bill’?

    It’s a bit difficult for the Liberals to target Shorten over his energy policies when their own policy is only slightly less stupid.

  18. Helen

    Try and think of a Liberal politician whose career would not have been ended instantly by allegations of rape

    Tony Abbott hit a wall and was hounded for it. And he ate an onion.

  19. Frank

    Like ‘Woolworths the freshfood people’ that stuck in my head.

    Thanks for that. The dulcet tones of the “Go Harvey go Harvey go Harvey go!” adverts are far worse though, some things should be a crime.

  20. Rafe Champion

    Actually I really like that ad! No wonder it stuck in my head.
    There is another one mostly in a Woolworths store that has none of the magic.

    Anyway at the risk of boring Rae or waking her up from her nap I think Shorten should be referred to as Electricity Bill at every possible opportunity to remind the punters what he stands for.

  21. Frank

    Actually I really like that ad! No wonder it stuck in my head.
    There is another one mostly in a Woolworths store that has none of the magic.

    I think of it in terms of the nursing home scenario. Imagine you are spazzed out in in an NHS style old folks home, on the way out and sitting in the common room. You feel the terminal embolism hit and realise you are done for. Since everyone is deaf and TV is good for pacifying the patients, there is a blaring box in the corner. My fear is dying to the soundtrack of the Harvey Norman commercial. Life mocking you to the last.

    As for Shorten, Electricity Bill doesn’t convey the correct mood. The (alleged) rapist is much more in keeping with the character of the man and expresses an appropriate level of contempt.

  22. Frank

    Actually I really like that ad! No wonder it stuck in my head.
    There is another one mostly in a Woolworths store that has none of the magic.

    I think of it in terms of the nursing home scenario. Imagine you are spazzed out in in an NHS style old folks home, on the way out and sitting in the common room. You feel the terminal embolism hit and realise you are done for. Since everyone is deaf and TV is good for pacifying the patients, there is a blaring box in the corner. My fear is dying to the soundtrack of the Harvey Norman commercial. Life mocking you to the last.

    As for Shorten, Electricity Bill doesn’t convey the correct mood. The (alleged) [email protected] is much more in keeping with the character of the man and expresses an appropriate level of contempt.

    Clearly some words are not viable for the spam filter.

  23. jock

    Remember singos “where do you get it?”

  24. The Mongrel

    ArthurB, the dog that didn’t bark was in Silver Blaze.

    “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
    “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
    “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
    “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

  25. Mak Siccar

    egg_
    #2861110, posted on November 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Deplora-Bill

    Terri-Bill

  26. Shy Ted

    Billy had a little scam, to fleece the proles below
    And everywhere that Billy went the scam was sure to go.
    It followed him to the union, where he broke the rules
    It made the unions laugh and play, to rob the Cleanevent fools .
    But Hayden Dyson found him out and others in the TURC
    It seems the unions were corrupt, you knew it by the smirk.
    “What makes Billy love the scam so?” Chiquita workers asked
    To have Billy charged and gaoled the Liberals were tasked.
    So Billy said to Mal, his mate, “Mate, make this go away”
    So Mal rolled Tone. The charges? Gone. “Bill, time for you to repay”
    “Mate, if we subsidise wind power and solar power too
    We’ll give the subsidies to our mates and my son Alex too.”
    “Deal” said Bill. Malcolm smiled. It was the best scam yet.
    “And best of all we leave the proles with hundreds of billions of debt”.

  27. Adam D

    Seriously how did no-one come up with and use the name “power bill”. Trump would of sneezed out a name that so perfectly captures the man.

  28. Rae

    at the risk of boring Rae or waking her up from her nap

    Lol.

  29. Gan Do

    There’s much to be said for the Climate Change Scam,
    And cometh the hour, cometh the man.
    “I’ll take charge” said Electricity Bill
    “Using nought but the sun & the wind on the hill!”

    And when the sun’s rays shorten around about dusk?
    “I’ll borrow a battery from Elon Musk! –
    That’ll show the punters I mean what I say,
    When I halve their power & double the pay!”

    So the voters of Oz couldn’t hide their thrill
    To vote to be led by Electricity Bill…

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